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Razor's Edge

(Star Wars: Empire and Rebellion #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  2,430 ratings  ·  341 reviews
Times are desperate for the Rebel Alliance. Harassment by the Empire and a shortage of vital supplies are hindering completion of a new secret base on the ice planet Hoth. So when Mid Rim merchants offer much-needed materials for sale, Princess Leia Organa and Han Solo lead an Alliance delegation to negotiate a deal.

But when treachery forces the rebel ship to flee into ter
Hardcover, 251 pages
Published September 24th 2013 by Del Rey (first published September 1st 2013)
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Joshua The second book Honor Among Thieves by James S.A. Corey came out earlier this year (March I think). The third book will be coming out next year around…moreThe second book Honor Among Thieves by James S.A. Corey came out earlier this year (March I think). The third book will be coming out next year around the same time. However its really just a trilogy in spirit and not true interconnected stories from what I understand having only read Razor's Edge. (less)

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As exciting as a "Star Wars" story should be!

This is the first novel part of a "Star Wars" book event called "Empire and Rebellion".

The event will consist of three books, each one centered heavily on each of the "Big Three" of the original "Star Wars" saga, Princess Leia on this very novel, later Han Solo on a book expected for early 2014, and finally Luke Skywalker on a novel announced for 2015. However, due Disney's buying of Lucasfilms, this trilogy-like books got separated in the sense t
Jul 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: space-opera
Okay, so we all know that stories within the Star Wars expanded universe can be hit or miss. In fact, Timothy Zahn is about the only author I've found to be consistently entertaining, which is why I was excited to see some big name authors stepping in to explore the universe.

First up for the Empire and Rebellion saga is Martha Wells, with her Princess Leia focused novel, Razor's Edge. As a vehicle for exploring Leia's character, it works rather well. We really get to see her as a leader, as a po
Althea Ann
Nov 23, 2013 rated it liked it
I received this book through Goodreads' First Reads program! Thanks to Goodreads and the author!

This was the first Star Wars tie-in book I've read since the original Alan Dean Foster ones, Back In The Day. But I'd heard good things about Martha Wells and was curious to read something by her.

What most struck me about 'Razor's Edge' was how well Wells captured the Star Wars characters. You could definitely vividly 'see' and 'hear' Leia, Han, Luke, &c.; it was all very true to the films.

However -
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In recent years, the Star Wars Expanded Universe has veered into inanity...but, Martha Wells brings back everything that made the franchise great in Razor's Edge. Set between Episodes IV and V, this features Han, Leia, Luke, Chewbacca and crew as we came to love them in the old-school films. Even if some of the recent EU books have frustrated you, you should definitely check this out. Let's hope that the franchise continues the trend...especially with the next celluloid installment due out later ...more
May 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Good stuff! Now I feel like watching "Star Wars" again.
I've been meaning to read Martha Wells forever. This is so not where I would've expected to start with her, but WHY NOT?

I also never expected to get into Star Wars novels twenty years late for my generation, but, again, WHY NOT? Twenty years ago, I was all about Star Trek and read all of those books, and I guess that took over the sci fi portion of my brain. But I really liked The Force Awakens, so here we are!

And I enjoyed this. It's set between the first and second movie. It was maybe a little
Razor’s Edge is the first in a loose trilogy of books commissioned in the Star Wars Expanded Universe* designed to let bigger name sci-fi authors play around with the characters in this world, and also to spotlight each of the ‘Big Three’ in their own novels. Each novel can stand on its own, but they all take place in the time between Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back, after the destruction of the first Death Star. Razor’s Edge is Leia’s novel, and while I thought it did a nice job with high ...more
I received a free ebook ARC copy of this book from NetGalley. Thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.

3 stars, but was almost 2.

I had some really mixed feelings about this book. At times, I enjoyed it. At other times, I just wanted it to be over.

I'll start with the cons:

1. Describe describe describe. This was heavy-handed. When every nut and bolt and widget is described down to the corners, the story loses momentum. Or never gains any. And
Apr 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
So. Much. Fun. So much good old Star Wars fun! So refreshing for the Extended Universe, that has been bogged down by so many mediocre post-RotJ novels.

This novel (first in a trilogy) is set in between Star Wars and Empire. Being set in that 3 year time frame doesn't lend much leeway in how big the story can be and that's just fine by me. In fact, after decades of warlords, doomsday contraptions and resurrected Sith lords, this space pirate adventure is just what the EU needs.

Wells understands
 ♥ Rebecca ♥
Just realized that I never reviewed this book, and didn't even rate it! I wonder how I could have missed that. I remember finding it a rather pointless side adventure. I don't really care about Star Wars novels that aren't closely connected to the movies. But I decided to try this one because it is by Martha Wells. 2.5/5
Erin Cataldi
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, 2019
I was a MAJOR fan of the special effects and the narrator. They really helped pull the story together. Don't let the cover fool you either; Princess Leia is the star of this show with Han Solo following close behind, Luke Skywalker on the other-hand is a minor footnote in this tale of deceit, cunning, and badassery. When Princess Leia is forced to flee into pirate territory she has no idea how dire her situation has become. She may not be battling imperial ships, but she does have to contend wit ...more
Bailey Marissa
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A wonderfully in-character book that finally addresses Leia's guilt over Alderaan.

Suggest at least 12 or older for some language, and a few sensual scenes (but thankfully they both act like the adults they are and stop the thoughts before it gets too inappropriate)
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
“You can’t be responsible for every survivor of Alderaan, Leia told herself. It was worse than being the Alliance’s shining symbol and figurehead.”

The best Star Wars book I’ve read in years. Leia gets a story to show what she’s made of, and it’s quite a bit. True believers may argue whether this story is Expanded Universe or Legends or canonical. IMHO, it fits the canon well enough to make the discussion moot; read and enjoy.

“See, this is the part where you yell at me and prove with, I don’t kno
Speculation continues to fly as news and rumours permeate the internet about the new Star Wars trilogy. Meanwhile, the books and comics have suspiciously returned to the past. The Star Wars expanded universe is vaaaaaaast, yet, surprisingly, very little of it has explored the ins and outs around the original trilogy.

Razor's Edge takes place shortly after A New Hope with the rebels in desperate need of a new secret base. Leaked information puts their attempt to set up on Hoth in peril, and we fi
Scott Rhee
Apr 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-wars
“Razor’s Edge” by Martha Wells is one of the many books in the Star Wars Legends line, which is technically part of the Old Canon, the series of books which has been negated by the New Canon. Although, since the book is set in the years between “Episode IV: A New Hope” and “Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back”, nothing in it is necessarily disruptive to the continuity and new timeline of the New Canon, the series of books that follows the “official” new timeline set by J.J. Abrams’s film “Episode ...more
Marty Fried
Aug 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I mainly read this because it was written by Martha Wells, and I liked some of her other books. Also, although I'm not a follower of the Star Wars sagas, I do have a soft spot for the original series, especially Harrison Ford as Han Solo. I worked at Dolby Labs for about 10 years during this time, and I've seen the original movies many times, and knew all the people who worked on the sound equipment.

So, this book was fun, but not really that good, in my opinion. The plot was pretty weak, but the
Mar 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Shortly after A New Hope, Princess Leia and Han Solo are on their way to negotiate for resources from a smuggling cabal when Imperial warships abruptly appear and attack. The rebels just manage to escape, but they've lost several crew members and are shaken to realize that someone on board must have passed information along to the Empire. They don't even get a chance to deal with this before they come across a crew of Alderaanian pirates attacking a merchant vessel. Leia is horrified that any su ...more
Nov 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: star-wars
Pretty boring. I think there were too many characters that I just didn't care about and I couldn't really keep track of who was who. It would mention a character and I would have to stop and try to remember if that was a Rebel member or a pirate. I knew that pretty much all of the characters would have no long term significance so I wasn't invested in them.
Jul 08, 2017 rated it liked it
That was a fun book. Not my favorite but it was fun.
Seregil of Rhiminee
Oct 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Originally published at Risingshadow.

Martha Wells' Razor's Edge is the first book of the Empire and Rebellion series. Two more books (Honor Among Thieves by James S. A. Corey and a currently untitled book by Kevin Hearne) will be published in the near future. The protagonist of Razor's Edge is Princess Leia Organa.

Several Star Wars books have been published over the years, but most of them aren't connected to the original Star Wars setting or are only loosely connected to it. I've noticed that m
Razor’s Edge by Martha Wells was one of the last Star Wars stories published as part of the old Expanded Universe (EU), which was recategorised as the “Legends” continuity following the Disney takeover of Lucasfilm.

The novel was intended to be the first of a trio of books set in the period between the Battle of Yavin (at the end of the original 1977 Star Wars movie) and the Battle of Hoth (from The Empire Strikes Back), with each book focusing on one of the main three human heroes of the origin
The Review:

“An excellent read. Martha Wells gets the Star Wars franchise back on track – a lot of fun is to be had here with a great focus on Princess Leia, making Razor’s Edge a book that fans will love.” ~Bane of Kings, The Founding Fields


"Times are desperate for the Rebel Alliance. Harassment by the Empire and a shortage of vital supplies are hindering completion of a new secret base on the ice planet Ho
Leni Iversen
Princess Leia was my childhood hero from I first saw A New Hope at the age of 5. She was pretty much the only badass woman I saw in a movie until I was somewhat older and became acquainted with Sarah Connor, and, even later, with Ripley. So there you have my background for this review. I am not an expert on Star Wars lore, and I have in fact read no other SW book so far. I'm just someone who watched the original trilogy countless times growing up, who wanted to be like Leia, had a crush on Han S ...more
Conan Tigard
Jan 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Razor's Edge is a fairly exciting tale that takes place in the world of Star Wars between episodes IV and V. The story revolves around Princess Leia and Han Solo as they end up in the hands of pirates. Luke Skywalker does appear in this book, but mainly as a supporting character. There is a wonderful image of moist of the main characters in this book and it is beautifully painted.

This story is about Princess Leia and the captain of an Alderaan ship that has turned to piracy after their planet wa
Branwen Sedai *of the Brown Ajah*
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: David Green, Star Wars fans!
Recommended to Branwen Sedai *of the Brown Ajah* by: Alejandro
Unlike living, breathing people, figureheads were made of stone and incapable of mistakes; Leia wasn't certain how long she could bear that weight. Failure at some point seemed inevitable, and she hated to fail.

Leia asked, "Is that why you stick around? The thrill of destroying stuff with me?"
Han's sideways glance at her was hard to read. "One of the reasons."


Razor's Edge is the first book in a new series set in between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes back and focuses particularly on Leia and
Aug 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-wars
Razor's Edge is a straightforward and self-contained adventure, and thank God for it.

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Jan 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
I did not finish this book. When I realized a quarter of the way through that I was looking ahead to see how many pages I had left before I could move on to something else, I figured I should probably just drop it. Life is too short to read a book that doesn't captivate me.

Does that mean it's a bad book? Of course not. I can easily see the appeal. Leia is a cool character and she doesn't get much time in the spotlight. Anytime you put Han, Leia, Luke, and Chewie into a story together, you know y
Jan 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The book I've been searching for. Since I've gotten into Star Wars and all of the EU that entails I have looked and looked for one that shows Leia and Han working together; and this is it. It takes place between A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back and gives you a grand adventure, showing us just how well these two work together and just how much they hate to admit it.

Leia is feisty and in command and Han is her valiant protector and they cooperate well enough when they're in the clear and even be
David Monroe
I don't read a lot of Star Wars EU books, but I'm aware of the recent criticism of them. That they have mostly abandoned character for plot and ever-increasing danger. If that is your crisism too, then Martha Wells' Razor's Edge subverts that. It's a character-driven, bottle story, with little impact to anyone but the characters directly impacted by its events.

Razor's Edge is the first in a Lucas stunt-cast trilogy. All three will be written by established Fantasy and SF authors (Wells, James S
Scott wachter
Jul 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
it's almost like editorial remembered this franchise was supposed to be fun.

Martha Wells dials the timeline all the way back to a few weeks after the end of episode 4 as leia and hand tangle with pirates and imperial spies.
there's not much story-wise, and most of the new characters are just names on a page but it feels like a return to form for the franchise. The characters are in a younger, more raw, more badass state. Just a fun little adventure romp.
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